Football: Games stay on KGO

Cal announced today that it has agreed on a three-year extension with KGO, meaning games will continue to be aired on 810-AM through at least 2012.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • uh oh.

    Long Live Joe Starkey!

  • joey

    Second that! Keep us away from 680 and that loser Barbieri.

  • tightwad hill

    What a bonanza!

  • J willz

    good to know. And Joey, I would love my bears to be on KNBR, pretty sure we would pull in more fans to listen to the game.

  • Bears

    Would love a longer and better pre/post game show than Cal has had recenetly on KGO. Was any info regarding the length and depth of those parts of the broadcast given?

  • BadBill

    Damn…Please replace Joe S with Roxy ASAP!!! Joe is AWFUL!!!!

  • milo

    Love Starky but Cal really should have Roxy lined up for the future.

  • MikeD

    +1 on Roxy, but I do like Joe. Would be strange to hear Bear football without Starkey. Did they ask that the commercial load be reduced? games are almost unbearable with the constant stream of ads being shoved down my ears.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Roxy is simply amazing! His basketball announcing is crystal clear and I swear to god I’d rather listen to him on the radio sometimes then watch the game on TV and listen to knuckleheads for 2 hours! I would love to hear him announce Cal Football. What a contrast it would provide (in terms of descriptiveness, clarity, etc.) to dear ol’ Starkey! Roxy! Roxy! Roxy!

  • uh oh.

    I heard Roxie call a football game and it was NOT a thing of joy, let me tell you. His basketball calls are not all that good either.
    I can’t believe anyone would compare him to Joe Starkey, who is the king. Joe Starkey is the voice of Cal, and forever will be! It’s not even open to debate.

  • BerkeleyKen

    Actually buying a ticket to the game is always an option as we’re not sold out. I wonder how much the Athletic Department gets for each person watching on TV or listening on radio? GO BEARS!

  • Rocko

    Starkey is so bad he’s good. He reminds me of Monte Moore for those that go back to the 60’s & 70’s with the A’s. Althouh Moore was more of a house schill for Charlie O than Starkey is for the Bears. Starkeys big problem his he can’t describe a play. His play by play is like you a watching the game with him and he is commenting on what just happened instead of what is happening at the moment.

  • ET

    Rocko, I totally agree with you about Starkey’s play calling (Monte Moore too) except I think Starkey is just bad. I have spent many Bears, and for too long there Niners games as well, listening to Starkey and it drives me crazy that he doesn’t describe what is happening on the play. Oh he has reactions like “What a play!” or “What a bonanza” or whatever, but unfortunately, a 23 yard run and a one yard loss sound the same. The good announcers, and I think Bill King was among the best, frame the play with short phrases to give you an idea of where the runner/ball is while the play is happening. Starkey doesn’t do that. You have to wait until he is done reacting and he says “the ball is placed at the 30” or whatever to figure out what happened.

  • uh oh.

    I’m not agreeing with you about Starkey’s ability, but saying that you don’t need to hear every detail.
    A good announcer while make you feel comfortable and relaxed, like sitting down for a chat with a friend on the back deck. Some broadcasters get all jumbled up trying to tell you what they see and I think, slow down kid. Half of what Roxie says is excess technical language.